Friday, June 19, 2009

Girl Power

I find it interesting that cats are so often portrayed as symbols of power. I’m thinking specifically of a character like Cat Woman. In Batman Returns, a now quite old movie, Michelle Pfeiffer plays a very meek secretary who is a doormat for her boss. When her boss (played by Christopher Walken) pushes her out a high story window, she comes back as Cat Woman, with nine lives! This shy, very passive woman now becomes a force to be reckoned with. She is no longer threatened and fearful of men which, paradoxically, is what draws Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) to her in the first place. In case you don’t remember, Cat Women ends up using eight of her nine lives, and the movie ends with her roaming the street looking for something (or someone!) else to hunt.